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Cityfolk presents #Marvest2015: A local music harvest

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The Aberdeen Pavilion, along with various sites throughout the Glebe, will be the site of some Marvest shows.  Photo from the Apt613 pool by flickr user Lazy_ArtistThe Aberdeen Pavilion, along with various sites throughout the Glebe, will be the site of some Marvest shows. Photo from the Apt613 pool by flickr user Lazy_Artist

Ottawa’s CityFolk Festival team are stepping it up a notch this year not only with the move to the massive and centally located Lansdowne Park, but also with the addition of an exciting off-shoot series of performances called Marvest. Marvest, as the name implies, is a musical harvest of world-class talent plucked from our very own garden of local performers. Working in conjunction with the Glebe BIA, 60 local bands will be featured in shops and venues along Bank Street and on the three stages inside the Aberdeen Pavilion on... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Festival marks a special celebration on Albert Island

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Tweens play #ARB2015. All photos by Kabriya Coghlan.Tweens play #ARB2015. All photos by Kabriya Coghlan.

Friday night was a very significant and special occasion on Albert Island: when Arboretum Festival began welcoming people onto the grounds, it was the first time the island had been used for a public event in over 200 years. An organizer from Arboretum took to the main stage before the performances to tell the crowd that the island they were standing on is part of unceded Algonquin First Nations territory and to highlight that they were honored to be there. It was clear early on that it was going to... | Continue reading article

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Nimkii (Thunder) Experimental Indigenous Music: DJ Mad Eskimo

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Madeskimo. Photo by Christine Hamel.Madeskimo. Photo by Christine Hamel.

On Saturday night, the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival will be showcasing experimental musicians from a variety of Aboriginal backgrounds, including Melody McKiver, Yuma Hester, Madeskimo and Rise Ashen + Cynthia Pitsiulak.  If you’re an avid fan of experimental music, it’s hard to miss the strong presence of a number of Aboriginal artists who have been at the forefront of creating new and exciting works of art.  While many Canadians are already familiar with A Tribe Called Red and Tanya Tagaq, there is a whole world of experimental artists... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for August 18, 2015

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Allison Brown and accompanist Uncle Dan Henshall. Photo courtesy of the artist.Allison Brown and accompanist Uncle Dan Henshall. Photo courtesy of the artist.

We interview and play music by Allison Brown, folk/country singer who is cruising through Ottawa this weekend. She’ll be at Avant Garde bar on Thursday, August 20 and Pressed on the 21st. We also briefly talk about #ARB2015 and some of their featured events. And, we feature Tudor Robins in Back Cover Blur. Have a listen: Catch Apt613 Live every Tuesday at 6pm on CHUO 89.1 FM.

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BRAIDS to bring open, honest show to #ARB2015

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BRAIDS. Photo by Landon Spears.BRAIDS. Photo by Landon Spears.

Montreal-based art pop band BRAIDS will be headlining Arboretum Festival this Friday night, playing songs from their most recent album, Deep in the Iris, which was released in April. Apartment613 talked with drummer Austin Tufts ahead of the festival, and he said the show they’re bringing to Ottawa has been some of the most fun the band’s ever had playing their songs live. BRAIDS is made up of lead singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston, bassist/guitarist Taylor Smith, and Tufts. The band just returned from three and a half months on the road... | Continue reading article

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5 reasons you won’t want to miss #ARB2015!

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Photo from the Arboretum Festival Facebook page.Photo from the Arboretum Festival Facebook page.

Arboretum Festival kicks off this Wednesday and promises to be an intimate music festival, bringing together new and emerging artists from around the region as well as critically acclaimed Canadian artists, all here in Ottawa. The festival will be taking place at two locations: St. Alban’s Anglican Church on Wednesday and Thursday nights and Albert Island on Friday and Saturday nights. Apartment613 chatted with Rolf Klausener, one of the festival’s organizers, to get an idea of what we can expect this year. Here are the top five reasons you won’t... | Continue reading article

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Life & history of Fab Four commemorated at Beatlefest

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Renowned photographer, John Rowlands, talks about his days photographing the Beatles. All photos by Terry Steeves.Renowned photographer, John Rowlands, talks about his days photographing the Beatles. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Fanatics, fans, collectors, and music lovers came out this past Sunday to celebrate the history and musical legacy of the Beatles on a gorgeous stretch of land known as Brylee Farm, located just outside Thurso, Quebec. The one-day inaugural event, entitled, Beatlefest At The Brylee, featured a well-rounded tribute to the Fab Four, which included four bands, a memorabilia marketplace and highly informative historical accounts through the lens of renowned photographer, John Rowlands, and through the music and stories sung and told by Liverpudlian, author, and Beatles aficionado, Phil Jenkins.... | Continue reading article

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Elsa Jayne brings her new synth pop sound to Ottawa

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Elsa Jayne. Photo courtesy of the artist.Elsa Jayne. Photo courtesy of the artist.

It’s been over seven years since Elsa Jayne’s first, eponymous album. A collection of folk-rock tunes backed by strong songwriting, 2008’s Elsa Jayne was a snapshot of a young songwriter still trying to pin down her sound. Now, in 2015, she’s released a brand new album titled Heart, an EP of five synth pop songs. Seven years is a long time, and it’s clear that Jayne has changed enormously as a musician. Her interests have changed, and her sound has changed with them. “Basically, I just grew up a bit,... | Continue reading article

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Finger Eleven back in town with new album & something to prove

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Finger Eleven. Photo by Dustin Rabin.Finger Eleven. Photo by Dustin Rabin.

After over twenty-five years practicing the art that is rock and roll, Finger Eleven still seem unwilling to let past successes weaken their resolve. The band has had something of a storied career, with numerous hits and Juno nominations under their collective belts (including one Juno win for Rock Album of the Year in 2008), and yet they continue to chase that perfect sound, that perfect album. “Every morning I wake up with a desire to best myself,” said Rick Jackett, rhythm guitarist for the band. “We still have something... | Continue reading article

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